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their enmity the more entertaining to all the rest of their fex was, that in detraction from each other, neither could fall upon terms which did not hit herself as much as her adversary. Their nights grew restless with meditation of new dresses to outvie each other, and inventing new devices to recal admirers, who observed the charms of the one rather than those of the other, on the last meeting. Their colours failed at each other's appearance, flushed with pleasure at the report of a disadvantage, and their countenances withered upon instances of applause. The decencies to which women are obliged, made these virgins stifle their resentment so far as not to break into open violences, while they equally suffered the torments of a regulated anger. Their mothers, as it is usual, engaged in the quarrel, and supported the several pretensions of the daughters with all that ill-chosen sort of expence which is common with people of plentiful fortunes and mean taste. The girls preceded their
queens of May, in all the gaudy colours imaginable, on every Sunday to church, and were exposed to the examination of the audience for superiority of beauty.
During this constant struggle it happened, that Phillis one day at public prayers smote the heart of a gay West-Indian, who appeared in all the colours which can affect an eye that could not distinguish between being fine and tawdry. This American, in a summer-island suit, was too shining and too gay to be resisted by Phillis, and too intent upon her charms to be diverted by any of
the laboured attractions of Brunetta, Soon after, Brunetta had the mortification to see her rival disposed of in a wealthy marriage, while she was only addressed to, in a manner that shewed the was the admiration of all men, but the choice of none. Phillis was carried to the habitation of her spouse in Barbadoes. Brunetta had the illnature to enquire for her by every opportunity, and had the misfortune to hear of her being attended by numerous flaves, fanned into flumbers by successive bands of them, and carried from place to place in all the pomp of barbarous
magnificence. Brunetta could not endure these re. peated advices, but employed all her arts and charms in laying baits for any of condition of the same island, out of a mere ambition to confront her once more before she died. She at last succeeded in her design, and was taken to wife by a gentleman whose estate was contiguous to that of her enemy's husband. It would be endless to enumerate the many occasions on which these irreconcileable beauties laboured to excel each other; but in process of time it happened, that a fhip put into the island consigned to a friend of Phillis, who had directions to give her the refusal of all goods for apparel, before Brunetta could be alarmed of their arrival. He did so and Phillis was dressed in a few days in a brocade more gorgeous and costly than had ever before appeared in that latitude. Brunetta languished at the fight, and could by no means come up to the bravery of her antagonist. She com- , municated her anguish of mind to a faithful
friend, friend, who by an interest in the wife of Phillis's merchant, procured a remnant of the same ilk for Brunetta. Phillis took pains to appear in all public places where she was sure to meet Brunetta ; Brunetta was now prepared for the insult, and came to a public ball in a plain black silk mantua, attended by a beautiful negro girl in a petticoat of the same brocade with which Phillis was attired. This drew the attention of the whole company, upon which the unhappy Phillis swooned away, and was immediately conveyed to her house. As soon as the came to herself, she fled from her husband's house, went on board a ship in the road, and is now landed in inconsolable despair at Plymouth.
POSTCRIPT. After the above melancholy narration, it may perhaps be a relief to the reader to peruse the following expostulation.
• To Mr. SPECTATOR,
• The just remonstrance of affronted THAT.
HOUGH I deny not the petition of Mr.
Who and Which, yet you should not suf• fer them to be rude, and to call honest people
names: for that bears very hard on some of • those rules of decency, which you are juftly fa*mous for establishing. They may find fault, • and correct speeches in the senate, and at the bar, but let them try to get themselves so often,
and with so much eloquence repeated in a sentence, as a great orator doth frequently introduce me.
• My lords ! (says he) with humble submisfion, That That I say is this; That, That That gentleman has advanced, is not That, That he • Thould have proved to your lordships. Let those two questionary petitioners try to do thus with their Who's and their Whiches.
• What great advantage was I of to Mr. Dryden in his Indian Emperor, You force me still to answer
' to furnith out a rhyme to Morat? And what ' a poor figure would Mr. Bayes have made * without his Egad and all That! How can a judicious man distinguish one thing from another, without saying This here, or That there? • And how can a sober man, without using the
expletives of oaths, (in which indeed the rakes • and bullies have a great advantage over others) 'make a discourse of any tolerable length, with• out That is; and, if he be a very grave man
indeed, without That is to say? And how in'structive as well as entertaining are those usual
expressions in the mouths of great men, Such things as That, and The like of That.
'I am not against reforming the corruptions of speech you mention, and own there are proper * seasons for the introduction of other words be• sides That; but I scorn as much to supply the place of a Who or a Which at every turn, as
they are unequal always to fill mine; and I expect good language and civil treatment, and hope to receive it for the future: That, That I • Thall only add is, That I am,
• Yours, R*.
* By STEELE. See final Notes to N° 6, and N° 324, on R and T.:
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